San Sebastian, La Gomera

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Introduction to San Sebastian, La Gomera

San Sebastian is the little capital of one of the lesser-known, yet beautiful Canary Islands - La Gomera.

San Sebastian is the beautiful capital of La Gomera, one of the smallest, most famous islands in the Canaries. Also known as 'Isla Colombina' because of its historic links to Christopher Columbus, it is said that the great explorer called at La Gomera on his way to America. Many of San Sebastian’s buildings and monuments are linked to him, including the Casa de la Agunada and the Casa de Colon where, according to legend, Columbus stayed during his time on the island.

A lively, vibrant and beautiful city, there's plenty to see, do and enjoy here. There are a number of interesting exhibitions and historic buildings including the perfectly preserved Torre del Conde military tower from the 15th century and Ermita de San Sebastian, a church that dates back to the 16th century.

The city’s beaches are typically Canarian and benefit from a fantastic warm climate almost all-year round, soft sands and crystal clear waters. Playa de La Cueva - often referred to as La Gomera’s best beach - is a great place to relax and soak up the Canarian sunshine after a day of exploring and sightseeing. 

Northwest of the city lies the Parque Natural de Majona, a beautiful natural park smothered with rolling valleys, stunning flora and dry Fayal-Heath creating an incredible landscape that's a joy to explore. Those who do will discover fantastic views of the island and the bright-blue sea that surrounds it. 

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Tour B

GOMERA LANDSCAPE & JARDIN TECINA (TOUR B)

Must do tour
  • Experience the distinctive atmosphere and ambience of the magnificent Jardin Tecina Hotel
  • Explore the natural beauty of the National Park of Garajonay
  • Take in breathtaking views from some fantastic viewpoints
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hrs
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

 

 

Set on a cliff top 500 metres (1,640 feet) above Playa de Santiago and commanding breathtaking views over the ocean, the Jardin Tecina offers a unique atmosphere and ambience. This peaceful, Canarian village-style hotel is laid out in beautiful grounds, with large subtropical gardens and impressive floral displays.

 

Travelling towards the National Park of Garajonay, a stop will be made at a viewpoint overlooking the very typical village of Hermigua, before you proceed in a southerly direction into the breathtaking park. During your descent towards the coastline, you pass through the village of Alajero before arriving at the Jardin Tecina Hotel, beautifully situated on the hillside above the cliffs. Upon arrival, refreshments will be served on the lovely terrace or in one of the lounges. After a brief rest, you set off on a short walk through the hotel grounds. You will no doubt be impressed by the abundance of colourful flowers and plants, which seem like an oasis in this otherwise rocky and arid landscape.

 

On your return to the port, time permitting a stop will be made on the hillside above the capital, for an opportunity to take a photo of your ship and San Sebastian – a lasting memory of your trip around this beautiful island.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015/16 CANARIES & MED  AND 2016/17 CARIBBEANCRUISE HOLIDAYS

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which may be uneven in places. There are some steps to negotiate at the viewpoint, and a few more steps at the hotel. Please note that you will travel along steep, winding roads on this tour, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo.


Shore Tours in La Gomera

FISHING ADVENTURE (TOUR G)

  • Enjoy fishing in the beautiful Atlantic waters
  • La Gomera is the best-kept secret in the sport fishing world!
Boat Tour
Price£130.00-£140.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Venture out on a fishing boat for your chance to land a catch!

Venture out on a fishing boat for your chance to land a catch!

 

Following a short walk to the boat departure point, you meet your captain and embark on your fishing adventure. As you fish, you can savour impressive views of the mountains, rocks and valleys on the coast of La Gomera. We hope that luck will be on your side and you land a catch.

 

As your fishing adventure concludes, and depending on what you have caught, you can enjoy the chance to have your catch prepared as a meal (for an additional fee) by a local restaurant situated in the harbour.

 

All too soon you return to the pier, but hopefully with some great fishing tales to tell

 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015/16 CANARIES & MED AND CARIBBEAN 2016/17 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Although this tour involves only a little walking, all participants must be physically able. Please be aware that the deck of the boat may be slippery, therefore all guests are advised to take extra care and attention when walking around. Come dressed for the weather conditions on the day and bear in mind that it can be chilly on the open water. We cannot guarantee if, and what fish will be caught on this tour, therefore we are unable to factor in the additional charge for enjoying the catch for lunch.


Cruises to San Sebastian

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF COLUMBUS (TOUR F)

  • Explore the same places as Columbus did centuries ago
  • Discover the places that attracted Columbus to a life in La Gomera
  • Enjoy a visit to the Church where Columbus and his crew attended mass before they sailed
Activity Tour
Price£42.00 - £52.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hrs
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

Have you ever wondered what the great explorer got up to before he discovered the New World? You can enjoy an insight into the life of the adventurer before he became famous.

Travelling from San Sebastian, you will enjoy a visit to La Casa del Colon, the house where Columbus lived when he was preparing for his epic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll also see the church where Columbus and his crew attended mass before they sailed. See  the places that attracted Columbus to a life in La Gomera, starting with the man-made Torre del Conde, a tower which was built to protect the citizens of La Gomera from attacks by pirates.

Heading out of San Sebastian, you’ll stop at the Roques de Agando, the huge rock that’s sometimes used as a symbol of the island. Your last stop of the day will be Mirador El Rejo, a lookout point, which serves up views of the rolling green Hermigua Valley, offering some stunning vistas.  After this visit, you will head back to the pier and your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking. The first part of the tour will be completed on foot and the second half by tour bus.  There will be some steps to negotiate throughout therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that you will travel along steep, winding roads on this tour, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo. What flora or fauna may be seen is subject to seasonal change.


Los Roques de Agando, San Sebastian

SCENIC LA GOMERA (TOUR A)

  • Learn about the relationship between Columbus and this unique island
  • Discover the history of pottery in La Gomera
  • Indulge your taste buds with some local Canarian cuisine
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

San Sebastian, the capital and harbour of the island, is a pretty, picturesque village with approximately 6,000 inhabitants. It was here that Columbus prepared his ships with water and food supplies, and where the church of La Asunción stands.

 

Departing San Sebastian, you travel south in the direction of Degollada Peraza, stopping en route for a photo opportunity at the viewpoint known as Los Roques de Agando, an impressive rock formation. You continue in the direction of Chipude Village, and then afterwards to El Cercado. It is famous for its pottery, which is made without a pottery wheel – a tradition passed from one generation to another. You should have time to visit the pottery artisans, before enjoying an aperitif of some local Canarian dishes, such as Almogrote (a kind of cheese pâté with red pepper), Spanish omelette and chickpeas in sauce, figs and wine.

 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015/16 CANARIES & MED  AND 2016/17 CARIBBEAN CRUISE HOLIDAYS

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with some steps to negotiate. Please note that you will travel along steep, winding roads which may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo.

 


Shore Tours in La Gomera

THE DONKEYS OF LA GOMERA (TOUR H)

  • Enjoy a visit to the Donkey Park, an eco-farm which breeds donkeys
  • Learn more about the park’s valuable work
  • Capture La Gomera’s true beauty as you marvel at the impressive scenery
Activity Tour
Price£57.00 - £67.00
DurationApproximately 5.5 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

On this tour, admire the scenery of La Gomera before taking in an informative visit to the Donkey Park.

Departing from the quayside, you will stop at both the Agulo and Las Rosas viewpoints, from where you can admire impressive views and admire the beauty of the island. En route to the Donkey Park, you can enjoy some authentic tapas in a local restaurant.

Upon arrival at the park, you will discover how donkeys have been used for over 5,000 years as load animals. Many families on the island owned at least one donkey to perform the daily work. During your visit, you will learn more about the park’s work in aiming to protect the species from extinction, as the number of donkeys in the Canary Islands continues to dwindle. You will also be able to see ostriches and Iberian black pigs in their natural habitat. As you take in the beautiful surroundings, you may be lucky enough to hear the sounds of Silbo – the ancient Gomeran whistling language (this cannot be guaranteed). The language is used to communicate across the deep ravines and narrow valleys across the island, and was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009. Sample a taste of typical Almogrote (spicy Gomera sauce), local drinks, tapas and tropical fruits freshly picked from the farm.

Following your visit, en route back to the quayside, you will stop at the striking volcanic rock formation Roque de Agando. The rock, which is the symbol of the island, reaches a height of 1,250 metres.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that guests will be standing or walking for the majority of this tour and while walking will be at a leisurely pace, guests will need to negotiate varying terrain. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with limited mobility. Please wear suitable, comfortable footwear.

 


Jardin Tecina, San Sebastian

THE HISTORY OF THE OLSEN FAMILY (TOUR E)

 

  • Enjoy an exclusive insight into the family’s hotel - Jardin Tecina
  • Discover the history behind the Olsen’s presence in La Gomera and the Canary Islands
  • Savour a snack which will be served in one of the most magical corners of the island

 

Activity Tour
Price£75.00-£85.00
DurationApproximately 4.75 Hrs
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Explore the delightful Fred. Olsen Hotel and learn about Thomas Olsen and the story of the family on the island, during your visit here.

 

Leaving the quayside, you will pause at two viewpoints to appreciate some beautiful views of the coastal towns of San Sebastian and Degollada de Peraza. Continuing, you will arrive at the island’s famous Hotel Jardin Tecina - owned by the Olsen family for more than 100 years.

 

Located on a cliff looking out to the Atlantic Ocean and overlooking the neighbouring island of Tenerife with its majestic Mount Teide, the hotel is surrounded by a lush garden of over 70,000 square metres, housing many species of plants and flowers from all corners of the world – all of which create a wonderful paradise. Here, you will embark on a guided walking tour of Fred. Olsen’s hotel and gardens and take a step back in time as you view the Cave for Two. It will be here that you will learn all about Thomas Olsen and his inspiring story of the Olsen family on the island.

 

Enjoy a small buffet of traditional snacks at the end of your visit, so you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of one of the most magical corners of La Gomera – a truly memorable tour.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015/16 CANARIES & MED AND CARIBBEAN 2016/17 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. In the gardens of the hotel the terrain may be uneven in places and there may be a few steps to negotiate. Please note that you will travel along steep, winding roads on this tour, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo..


Garajonay National Park

THE VALLEY’S OF LA GOMERA (TOUR D)

  • Discover Garajonay National Park, an ecological treasure boasting an array of flora and fauna
  • Marvel at the remote communities and terraced farms that cling to the valley sides
Activity Tour
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 7.5 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

The legendary valleys of La Gomera have become a must-see for those visiting the island. You can expect terraced landscape, numerous palm trees and colourful gardens that give the valleys a unique flair.

 

Heading south, you travel to Degollada de Peraza, home to a barren landscape. Reaching a height of 600 metres, you will be able to see the changes in vegetation caused by the horizontal rain. Arriving at Degollada de Peraza, discover more about the third governor of the island before you continue to Roque de Agando, to discover an eroded volcanic chimney.

 

Travelling on to the centre of the island, spend time admiring the three hectares of laurisilva, fayal, brezal and aceviño forest - all varieties endemic to the island. Your next stop will be in La Laguna Grande where you will have some free time to explore independently. From here you travel towards the incredible ‘Valley of the Great King’, home of the island’s last ‘Guanche’ Chieftain, where you can learn about the conquest of La Gomera at the beginning of the 15th century.

 

After a tapas-style lunch, enjoy the views of dominating mountains, remote communities and terraced farms as you return to San Sebastian and your awaiting ship, via Valle Gran Rey where you will have approximately one hour to spend at leisure.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015/16CANARIES & MED AND CARIBBEAN 2016/17 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and there are some steps to negotiate, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. For reference, this tour will involve a lot of driving. What flora or fauna may be seen is subject to seasonal change.


Las Hayas Trek

TREKKING THROUGH LAS HAYAS (TOUR C)

  • Enjoy the forest of La Gomera which borders the national park
  • Hike through a World Heritage Site with an experienced guide
  • Discover the hilly landscape surrounded by palm groves
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Declared a National Park in 1981, Garajonay became a World Heritage Site in 1986, and is home to a wide range of flora and fauna unique to the Canary Islands. The peaks of the park are usually covered by humid fog, whilst the forest lies beneath.

 

During your hike you pass laurel trees and heather as you trek through the oldest part of the tropical mountain forest. Once you have left the National Park, you enjoy the last part of your hike - passing cultivated, terraced fields and fruit groves on your way to Arure. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015/16 CANARIES & MED CRUISE HOLIDAYS

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking, and there are some steps to negotiate, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. For reference, the drive from the quayside to Las Hayas National Park takes approximately one hour each way; a comfort stop will not be made en route. What flora or fauna may be seen is subject to seasonal change. 


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